YWCA Greater Cleveland

Early Childhood Education

About the ELC | Location & Hours | Staff & Curriculum | Step Up to Quality


Studies show that upon entering kindergarten, children who participate in early childhood education programs demonstrate greater language, literacy and math development than children who go directly from home care to kindergarten.

For more than 100 years, the YWCA has been providing high-quality early childhood education for children ages three to five years while empowering mothers and fathers to pursue their career and educational goals. The Early Learning Center offers a uniquely diverse setting providing child care for families who live and work throughout Greater Cleveland. Experienced educators teach a child-centered curriculum, and children learn from a young age to celebrate differences.

When you visit the Early Learning Center, you will sense right away that this is a happy place – not only for the children, but also for the teaching faculty. Everyone on staff is doing what they love most – working with children and helping families establish a solid educational foundation for their children’s future.

The YWCA is proud that the Early Learning Center has earned a three-star rating by the State of Ohio's "Step Up to Quality" program, indicating it has exceeded the licensing requirements with its evidence-based curriculum, low teacher-child ratios, high teacher education levels, focus on professional development and effective administration practices.

Early Learning Center parents are kept engaged and up to date through various communication channles and a Parent Support Group. 


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